Climate Change during and after the Roman Empire: Reconstructing the Past from Scientific and Historical Evidence

  title={Climate Change during and after the Roman Empire: Reconstructing the Past from Scientific and Historical Evidence},
  author={Michael McCormick and Ulf B{\"u}ntgen and Mark A. Cane and Edward R. Cook and Kyle Harper and Peter J. Huybers and Thomas Litt and Sturt W. Manning and Paul A. Mayewski and Alexander F More and Kurt Nicolussi and Willy Tegel},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
Growing scientific evidence from modern climate science is loaded with implications for the environmental history of the Roman Empire and its successor societies. The written and archaeological evidence, although richer than commonly realized, is unevenly distributed over time and space. A first synthesis of what the written records and multiple natural archives (multi-proxy data) indicate about climate change and variability across western Eurasia from c. 100 b.c. to 800 a.d. confirms that the… Expand
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